Four in 10 servers are virtual, snapshot study shows

Four in 10 servers are virtual, snapshot study shows

Reliability concerns still slow adoption

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Nearly four in every 10 servers are not physical, according to a virtualisation study that has examined large businesses in the UK, US, France and Germany.

The ‘V-Index’ study shows that across the countries an average of 39 percent of servers are virtualised, with a typical large business running 470 virtual machines and 113 hosts.

Over nine in 10 businesses use virtualisation to some degree, the research found. But four in 10 see reliability concerns as a barrier to further virtualisation, with a similar proportion waiting to refresh their hardware first.

The most widely used hypervisor is VMware, used by 84 percent of firms. Six in 10 also use Microsoft Hyper-V, fifty-five percent use Citrix Xen and 12 percent use alternatives.

The results were taken from a Vanson Bourne survey of 544 businesses, commissioned by virtualisation management firm Veeam. The company plans to conduct the research quarterly and build the V-Index site into a community site where businesses can share their virtualisation experiences.

“While the results show that virtualisation has become a standard technology in most enterprises, it is clear that there is still room for increased penetration,” said Ratmir Timashev, chief executive at Veeam.



  • Craig Beddis The results of the latest Veeam V-Index survey are hardly surprising the move to virtualised and cloud environments is high on the agenda for many enterprise IT departments Indeed our own survey of UK IT decision makers conducted with Vanson Bourne highlighted that 98 of businesses are planning or implementing a virtualisation strategy What is interesting however is the concerns cited around a move to virtualisation namely that management of such environments is not a higher priority for enterprises Respondents to our recent survey stated that a reduced capability to work on new initiatives following the introduction of a virtualised environment was a major problem 60 In addition the integration of disparate systems across the enterprise was also a key issue 47 mainly down to the increased administration caused by more systems for the IT team to manageWhat is clear is that management of virtualised environments is and should be a top priority for businesses moving forward in order to reap the potential benefits The key to removing these worries is to ensure that thorough planning is part of your overall strategy Providing a test bed for such environments prior to launch assessing how an implementation will impact your internal IT teams and ensuring that the necessary management tools such as intelligent automation are in place are all things that must be considered before moving to a virtual environmentsCraig Beddis Regional SVP at UC4 Software
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